I'm a 21 year old male, 6'4 about 235 who's been SUFFERING from Sciatica for about a year now. It started as a very dull easily manageable pain that would only come up after multiple days of long hours at work. I WAS a Server until I had to quit because the pain is too much to handle. Within minutes of waking up and getting out of bed, my right leg will tighten up and the pain will start. It feels like someone is stabbing me right below the waistline in my right upper buttock area. If I try to push through the pain it only gets worse, my leg will start to get that numb tingling feeling(& will go completely numb if I don't stop), the burn like pain starts going down the leg to my calf and every step and every motion will cause more and more pain until I finally have to sit (Which makes it worse at first... I want to scream when I first sit down in a car, chair or bench after a flare up for at least 10-15 minutes) or ideally lay down. Just taking a 5 minute hot shower is enough to ruin myself for nearly a whole day. My leg will be numb by the time I get out and the pain will be unbearable.
I don't have insurance and now that i've been out of work and out of money i've been looking at every possible solution.. I used to be an athlete.... I played college basketball, worked out, lifted weights, etc. Now I can't even cook a grilled cheese without having to power through the pain. My right foot would turn outward subconsciously, my knee started to hurt because of it, I could feel my whole body being twisted out of alignment from this pain. I'm desperate to work, I really need money and would love to be able to serve again I just can't stand walk and bend long enough to be able to. I convinced my last employer to let me back after being gone for about 6 months. I promised her I wouldn't leave like I did before. I hooked up a TENS unit to my back and leg nearly 24/7, I had my girlfriend try her best to massage me, I took some of my mothers muscle relaxers, 800mg ibuprofen, smoked weed, whatever I could to try to make it to work and home. I only made it 4 days and had to no show because the schedule was too intense and I could feel my body falling apart.
Fast forward about 2 months (Bringing us to June 2015, this month..) after sitting around not being able to do more then walk or stand for 5-10 minutes at a time for months, I borrowed some money to see a Chiropractor hoping to get an X-Ray and diagnosis.. The lady was nice but didn't order an x-ray, instead just doing a basic exam and concluding that I had sciatica and some posture issues. She did a great job adjusting me the first visit, and when I walked out my foot wasn't turned outwards, I was able to stand straight, and walk without as bad of a limp. But the pain didn't go away. She said she would need to see me 3 times preferably close together and then once a month after that. I felt so good a few hours after that first adjustment I went out with a buddy and relaxed, saying to myself this finally might be over.... I scheduled with him to play basketball the next day. I was walking noticeably better, standing straighter and was able to shoot around and rebound for a good hour or so. I couldn't really bend over or bend my right knee, and I also couldn't run or jog but still... Success??
I went back to the chiropractor 2 days later after I wasn't able to show up for orientation for a new job I had gotten because I couldn't even stand outside my door long enough for the bus to pick me up. She checked the bottom of my spine and said it was in good alignment and only adjusted my upper back. She said taking a hot shower and using a heating pad is what caused my pain to flare up. She recommended ice instead. The pain didn't stop. I don't have enough money to go for my third appointment.
With each day I don't go back to the chiropractor my pain is getting back to normal levels. It's becoming harder to keep my right foot pointed normal, and harder to maintain my posture and balance. It's really affecting my mental state because for almost a whole year I told myself "Once I go to the chiropractor and get adjusted this will all go away" .... and now i'm finding out people with sciatica suffer for years and years and years without relief....... How do you guys get through it ??????? I can't even walk around the house with my 3 month old for more then a few minutes without issue........ It's becoming a huge roadblock to my quality of life..
I need to know how to get an X-Ray, MRI, whatever needs to be done on me to find out if there is a serious problem... The Chiropractor obviously didn't think anything was seriously wrong based on her exam so why am I still in so much pain??? How do you guys work through this? I have no idea what to do I only recently started using ice and can't notice any real help compared to just laying down... Heat definitely makes it worse.. certain motions like bending or turning cause twinges that ultimately lead to flare ups...... I looked up stretches and even one as basic as sitting straight in a chair and extending my leg in front of me is impossible.. I can barely even get my leg straight in that position and when I do try to lift it up in front of me it bends itself and my leg starts shaking from all the strain im putting on it trying to accomplish the stretch..
I used to be able to dunk... Now I can't even get my right knee to bend to try to touch my toes... when I drink from a water fountain I have to lift my right leg off the ground and bend in a real awkward position.. It's getting pathetic.. does anyone have ANY tips on how to deal with the pain..???? I mean anything... please....********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
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